At last, in the novel every Kelley Armstrong fan will need to own, all the major heroines and heroes of Otherworld are united.
It's been ten years since Bitten, the first novel in Kelley Armstrong's New York Times bestselling Otherworld series. In that time hundreds of thousands of fans have ravenously devoured the adventures of Armstrong's witches, demons, and werewolves. Now, in Spell Bound, she brings them all together for her most sweeping tale yet.
Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she's powerless to help herself. At the heartbreaking conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would prevent further pain for a young orphan. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.
And now, witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell-casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Armstrong gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and other beloved characters, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.
He watched the girl stumble from the motel ofﬁce, room key glinting under the harsh lights of the parking lot. Lightning ﬂashed, illuminating her ﬁgure. Tall and slender, barely more than a teen, too young to be out alone in a place like this, on a night like this.
Thunder rumbled and crashed. The parking lot lights ﬂ ickered and buzzed. Sheets of ice-cold rain battered the girl. She kept walking, obvious, as her long hair whipped against her face.
She paid no attention to the storm. No attention to the dark. No attention to him, standing across the road, watching.
So young. So conﬁ dent. So foolish.
The girl stopped at her room door and jammed the key into the lock. When it didn’t work the ﬁrst time, she cast an unlock spell. The door swung open. She staggered inside.
So young. So powerful. And, at this moment, so broken.
Perhaps he could use that.
The girl had just solved the murder of three young women in a nearby town. On the surface, the deaths were unremarkable. Humans killed each other all the time. As it turned out, the ﬁrst two ﬁt the usual pattern—pointless deaths, tragic for a few, meaningless to everyone else. The third was different. She’d been killed by a half-demon spirit, escaped from her hell dimension. Such a thing should not be possible for a mere shade. She’d had help, powerful help, and her escape was one more sign that what he’d foreseen was inevitable.
For years, mortal supernaturals had whispered about signs and portents. The impossible becoming possible. Humans learning magic. New races evolving within a generation. Bitten were¬wolves passing their genes to their offspring. A clairvoyant of unsurpassed power, born from a dead mother. As one who had observed for millennia, he knew these were not new occurrences. Merely rare. Yet with so many in such quick succession, even the demonic and the celestial had taken note. Some believed. Others did not, but saw opportunity in the growing unrest below.
Now, mortal supernaturals who believed the signs were coalescing under one man. A man with a dream that could change the supernatural world. Or destroy it. The demonic and the celestial took note of that, too. They whispered. They conspired. They chose a side.
The girl in the motel room knew nothing of this. She’d sent the half-demon shade back to her hell dimension and considered the matter closed, except for the details that obsessed her now, ones that had nothing to do with the gathering storm.
Before the half-demon shade was banished from the living world, she’d exacted revenge by telling the authorities who’d killed the ﬁrst two young women. The mother of one. It had been accidental. A struggle, the gun goes off. It concerned him not at all. But it did concern the girl in the motel room. She’d been the one who learned the truth. The half-demon shade simply acted on that knowledge. Now the girl couldn’t stop think¬ing about the woman she’d inadvertently sent to prison. Couldn’t stop thinking about the child, alone now, mother dead, grandmother accused of that death.
It mattered not a whit in the larger scheme of things. In a few days, the girl in the motel room would be swept into the maelstrom about to blow through the supernatural world. She would play a role. A critical role. A dangerous role.
Now inside the room, the girl ﬂicked on the light, only to have it go out again as the power failed. She cast a light ball.
Thank God for my spells, he heard her think.
She paused then and images ﬂickered through her mind. Images of the accused woman and the orphaned child. Of the girl’s own mother and father, whose long ago deaths she felt responsible for. Of a man she’d begun to care for, killed by the half-demon shade.
Guilt. Anguish. Despair.
Then a clear thought. If I could ﬁx even one thing, and give Kayla back her grandmother, I’d gladly give up my powers.
He smiled. Yes, he could deﬁnitely use that."Sexy, smart, and action-packed! Kelley Armstrong is truly one of the greats in this genre."
-Richelle Mead, author of the bestselling Vampire Academy series
"Kelley Armstrong's bewitching ability to entertain remains as strong as ever."
"Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld goes beyond standard paranormal fiction . . . moving from one set of characters to another through the books, yet intertwining their stories to provide a rich background for the readers."
-San Francisco Book Review
"Armstrong is quite deft at making Savannah simultaneously formidable, sympathetic, and real-or at least as real as a girl who flings hex bolts and has a necromancer on speed-dial can be."
-The Miami Herald
"Savannah is a gutsy, shrewd, and accomplished protagonist who will immediately capture the reader's intelligence."
"Armstrong is a master of suspense, romance, and bad girls who know how to kick a little badder-guy tail and look good while doing it. Getting a new Armstrong book is a guarantee that you're going to be up all night reading, because you're not going to be able to stop until it's done."
-The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
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